Atlas Copco Receives International Acclaim for Innovation and Sustainability

December 15, 2011

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Atlas Copco Receives International Acclaim for Innovation and Sustainability

Atlas Copco continues to receive international acclaim for its innovative and sustainable business practices. The latest honors include listings in Newsweek’s Green Rankings and Thomson Reuters’ Top 100 Global Innovators.
“Since August of this year, Atlas Copco AB has been recognized by Newsweek, Thomson Reuters, and Forbes for innovative and sustainable business practices, along with strengthening our position in a ranking of global industrial equipment manufacturers measured by the quality of the companies’ patent portfolios,” said Mark Cohen, president for Atlas Copco North America LLC. “These acknowledgements show that not only is it possible to be an environmental steward while operating a successful and innovative manufacturing company, but that our global leaders embrace and incorporate innovation and sustainability in everyday business practices on every level.”
Newsweek’s Green Rankings identify companies as global leaders who “cut through the green chatter” and incorporate policies, practices and programs that foster environmental well-being. Newsweek’s ranking, unveiled on October 16, 2011, listed Atlas Copco No. 161 among global companies, No. 15 among Capital Goods companies and third among companies with headquarters in Sweden. Newsweek derived the global companies’ Green Scores based on a number of factors, including an Environmental Impact Score, an Environmental Management Score, and an Environmental Disclosure Score.
Thomson Reuters’ Top 100 Global Innovators is a new list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies. The list is based on an examination of the intellectual property of all companies or organizations that have had 100 patents or more approved in the past three years. The most innovative companies were singled out based on the success of their patent applications, the global scope of the patents and most importantly, the influence these patents have had on other companies’ inventions.
These latest accolades from Newsweek and Thomson Reuters add to a growing list of awards and third-party validation that acknowledge Atlas Copco’s commitment to sustainable and creative business practices. Forbes magazine in August named Atlas Copco AB No. 67 among the Top 100 most innovative companies in the world, and Atlas Copco will again be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for 2011. Additionally this year, Atlas Copco strengthened its position in a ranking by The Patent Board of global industrial equipment manufacturers, which measures the quality of the companies’ patent portfolios; Atlas Copco was No. 13 on this list of 119 companies, moving up from its No. 23 ranking the previous year.
Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area develops, manufactures, markets, and services oil-free and oil-injected stationary air compressors, portable air compressors, gas and process compressors, turbo expanders, electric power generators, air treatment equipment, and air management systems. It also offers specialty rental services. It innovates for superior productivity in applications such as manufacturing, construction, and the process industry worldwide. Principal product development and main manufacturing units are in Antwerp, Belgium. More information is available on

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